- Q What is Parkinson's disease?
Dr. Mehmet Oz, CardiologyParkinson's disease is a central nervous system disorder that affects your movement. It is a progressive condition, meaning that its symptoms may be very mild at first -- beginning with a slight tremor in one of your hands, for instance --... Full Answer
- Q How does Parkinson's disease affect the body?
Your movements are coordinated by a section of the brain called the basal ganglia. In this section, there are nerve cells that produce a chemical called dopamine, which is a neurotransmitter. Neurotransmitters pass from cell to cell, sending signals... Full Answer
- Q How common is Parkinson's disease?
Parkinson's disease becomes more common with age. Below the age of 40, the disease is rare. But for those 80 years or older, there's a 10 percent chance to developing the condition. Up to one million residents of the United States have it, while there... Full Answer
- Q Can a child develop Parkinson's disease?
The risk for Parkinson's disease increases with age, but no one is completely immune. Although rare, children and young adults can have Parkinson's. Keep in mind, though, that it's quite rare for someone to develop the condition before the age of 50. Full Answer
- Q What sleep problems are caused by Parkinson's disease?
Shelley Peterman Schwarz, NeurologyIf you have Parkinson's disease and tend to fall asleep during a particular activity, tell your doctor. You might be experiencing sleep attacks, which are different from normal sleepiness. Also, keep track of any hallucinations or delusions you might be... Full Answer